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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Beth Jumper Christmas class difference coming of age Gay Historical m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Reconcilliation Regency

Return of the Earl by Sandra Schwab

release day review 

Blurb:

On the Continent they call him the Ice Prince, icy of manner, icy of heart. Now, after thirteen years of exile, Con returns home to England and to Harrowcot Hall, a place haunted by memories of a long-lost friendship and past betrayals, a place where all of his dreams shattered and died.

But the past is over and done with, and can no longer touch him — or so Con thinks. He certainly does not expect to come face to face with Bryn Ellison again, the man whom he once loved beyond everything and who repudiated their bond in the cruelest way imaginable.

As snow and frost close in on Harrowcot Hall, Con’s icy demeanour starts to melt while he grapples with old hurts and newly awakened passions. Will he give in to the lure of the past against his better judgement?

Review
When your father is a manipulative, vengeful man and you are still a young man, your views of your reality can be easily mislead.

Con comes back to his estate thinking the worst. He has no desire to be there and cannot wait to leave. Weather keeps him there temporarily but life and interactions he doesn’t expect slowly change his view and understandings.

He is called the Ice Prince but you see him thaw as the story continues. You see him grow up and Bryn though he doesn’t know the whole story is steady and supportive through it all.
The age old he said, they said and gosh “how can I face him after all that happened?” is told in a way that has you hoping it all works out.
I love Regency era books. So many taboo’s and so many more chances to get caught. Servants are everywhere. So when an author finds a way to give the MC’s that ease of getting together you relax and enjoy the story.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

 
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